Once the blinkers are off, it’s easy to see what message COVID-19 is coming to give the Jewish community.
In the last message from Rabbi Eliezer Berland, given a week ago now, he was asked again whether COVID-19 would still disappear by Pesach, as he’d said in an earlier message, given that the corrupt State of Israel was still keeping him in prison despite having no case against him.
The Rav answered yes, and also said that COVID-19 would start to disappear outside of Israel too, where depending on what sources of information you hold by, the number of cases has either been deliberately inflated by corrupt organisations like the WHO and the CDC, OR, the disease has been far more virulent.
What’s clear is that within Israel, the number of people being seriously affected by COVID-19 has been absolutely minuscule, with around 100 people dying from it in over a month. When you remember that more than 130 typically die A DAY in Israel – regardless of COVID-19 – that puts all this into perspective, doesn’t it?
Whatever was meant to happen, Israel has clearly got off extremely lightly, in terms of fatalities.
And now today, the day after the 3 day chag, it’s obvious that the minuscule number of people dying from COVID in Israel has become even more minuscule, down from a ‘peak’ of 13 geriatrics a day before the chag to just 3 or 4 again.
And also the number of people who are ill enough to need intensive care has also dropped off, and has actually started to reduce. Yesterday, it was 180 people (ten times ‘chai’…) and today, it’s 174.
And despite the Health Ministry’s best efforts to try to whip up more panic and hysteria, the mood on the street here seems to be increasingly one of anger at the Government, defiance of the stupid rules, and disbelief that COVID-19 was the massive ‘pandemic’ the Health Ministry made it out to be.
The panic is coming off the boil here, even though the ghetto-isation of chareidi neighborhoods in Jerusalem is continuing, along with Bnei Brak, and even though Netanyahu, Itamar Grotto and Moshe Bar Siman-Tov are still issuing new diktats and false information all the time, in an effort to con us all into believing that we need Big Pharma to ride in to ‘rescue’ us from COVID-19 with a new universal vaccine and biometric ‘identity’ chip.
For sure, we all need rescuing, and ASAP.
But not from COVID-19.
Rather, from our totally corrupt, Godless, greedy politicians and the evil corporate interests and nasty billionaires they serve.
And you know who’s going to do that rescuing, don’t you?
But there’s still a way to go, it seems, before we get to that stage of the process, and so I am writing today’s post in an attempt to try to ‘speed up’ that part of the equation, and to start spelling out some of the outstanding teshuva required for us to reach it.
Spiritually, everything that happens is just a message from God, for the Jews. Even when Coronavirus was ‘only’ happening in China, that was still a message for the Jews, that God wasn’t happy with something, and was starting to sound the alarm that a line was being crossed in some way.
And we have plenty of warning and hints of what that ‘line’ actually was.
I’m not going to rehash all the quotes from kabbalists and rabbis stating this, in this post, but the Coronavirus is attacking the frum community so notably because of all the lashon hara being spoken about Rabbi Berland, and also because of the awful, corrupt treatment of him by the State of Israel and the police which wasn’t publically protested by our rabbinic leaders.
Arguably, Rabbis in Israel had some justification for not coming out to bat for the Rav.
We live in a police state here, and anyone who publically came out against him faced the very real threat that they would be the subject of the next ‘frame up’ by the police here.
It happened to Rav Pinto, who now lives in Morocco. Those threats were also made against Rav Shalom Arush, who used to be an outspoken defender of the Rav but fell silent after he also got threatened. And the threats were also made against such illustrious tzaddikim as the late Milkman, zt’l, and also Rav Dov Kook.
Only the rabbis who had enough political ‘clout’ behind them to risk some open support for the Rav, notably like Rav Shimon Badani, spiritual head of the SHAS political party, could take the risk.
But, that certainly wasn’t true of the Torah leaders outside of Israel, all of whom stayed totally silent, as this latest awful episode of police brutality and anti-chareidi bias played itself out against the Rav and his community.
Weeks and weeks ago, Rav Chaim Kanievsky told us that Coronavirus was happening because of the sins of lashon hara, and because people aren’t careful with the mitzvoth of bein adam l’havero.
Rav Eliezer Berland himself also told us that Coronavirus was happening because people were disdaining the mitzvoth bein adam l’havero.
So many kabbalists, including Rav Pinto and Rav Amun, have explicitly linked the Coronavirus situation with the lashon hara spoken against Rabbi Berland, and the fact that he’s still languishing in prison FOR ABSOLUTELY NO REASON, while we ignore what’s happening and continue to slag him off.
It’s not the first time I’ve written things like this, but maybe, after a month of bidud, and after a taste of what’s in store for the world if more of us don’t make proper teshuva and get behind the Rav, perhaps these words will be more easily received now.
Why is there a decree now in Israel, for everyone to wear masks in public?
When people are ‘diagnosed’ with tza’arat, the disease you get when you are a chronic speaker of lashon hara, the Torah tells them they have to cloak themselves ‘up to their mustache’ when they go out in public, and to yell out ‘unclean, unclean’, to warn people to stay away from them.
The modern equivalent of this is that we now have to wear masks that cover our mouth and noses, whenever we go outside.
Do you think that’s a coincidence?
Also, if you look at the areas being ‘quarantined’ in Israel, and if you look past the government’s obvious anti-Semitism and misinformation, we find that Bnei Brak and the chareidi areas of Jerusalem house the communities and the rabbis who should have been behind Rabbi Berland 100%.
And instead, so many of them believed the false media reports, and the false accusations from the State of Israel to add their own slander against him, and the Shuvu Banim community. And now?
The same lying media, and the same anti-Semitic government and police have now come against them and their communities, too.
As the Rav is alone in a prison cell, unable to pray with a minyan, or use a mikvah, or move around freely, these communities have also been ‘locked down’, and are facing regular incursions, arrests and harassment for trying to keep mitzvoth.
Midda k’neged midda.
Do you think that’s a coincidence?
For years and years, I’ve been railing against the awful, anti-Semitic coverage of Rabbi Berland and Shuvu Banim that was prevalent across the media, but which particularly upsetting when found on the Yeshiva World News site.
Because the Yeshiva World News was meant to be frum. It was meant to be the standard bearer for the chareidi and chassidishe community in America, particularly those communities based in and around New York and New Jersey.
And yet the coverage of the Rav and Shuvu Banim has often been worse in terms of its pure lashon hara, outright lies and obvious bias than even the ‘secular’ news sites.
Today, Yeshiva World News is just one big mass of death notices and announcements due to COVID-19. There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has hit the frum community in America, and particularly so many of the leaders, whose followers are the main audience of the Yeshiva World News, really badly.
Out of all proportion, in fact.
To the point that the anti-semites in the USA are now increasingly saying that the frum Jews are responsible for bringing COVID-19 to America, and spreading it around.
It doesn’t take a genius to understand that the fact that Jews in America are now being arrested for daring to daven in a minyan, and that the anti-Semitic lashon hara against them and their communities is now starting to skyrocket, is also some form of midda kneged midda.
When you take the blinkers off, the message God is trying to give us right now is impossible to ignore.
In Israel, Seder night was the turning point, just as Rabbi Berland said it would be.
The numbers of deceased came down from a peak of 13 a day, and is now averaging just 3-4. The numbers of people in intensive care is starting to drop, the panic and hysteria about COVID-19 here feels like it’s evaporated overnight.
It’s a matter of days, before the mood against the government, and the Health Ministry, starts to solidify into one of anger, when people start to realize just what has been done to them, and their livelihoods, and their mental health, in the name of ‘COVID-19’.
I’m seeing the gathering signs of it already, in the comments from people who are starting to realise that Netanyahu, Grotto and Bar Siman-Tov – amongst others – took us all for mindless, gullible fools, that they could totally manipulate and lie to, without ever being held to account for their actions.
After all, governments and big business have been screwing the public over for years, why should they think that this whole COVID-19 ‘pandemic’ should be any different? Or that people should start to wake up and question the ‘narrative’ the mainstream media has been careful to spoon-feed them, in cahoots with corrupt politicians and Big Pharma?
But that is what’s starting to happen here in Israel, and also in other parts of the world.
The scales are falling from the eyes of people who would never have considered themselves ‘conspiracy theorists’, even just a short month ago, as they’ve seen one economy after another get wrecked by the draconian, ‘co-ordinated’ responses that are based on faulty guidelines and fake statistics from the Bill Gates-sponsored World Health Organisation.
Something massive has changed.
When the panic dies down in the rest of the world, too, there will be hundreds of millions of people demanding answers to what’s really gone on here, and when they get them, it won’t be pretty for the people who have deliberately created this COVID-19 ‘pandemic’.
But let’s be clear about something:
Tens of millions of people WERE meant to have died, over the last few months.
The fact that it’s barely 100,000 worldwide (and remember that 155,000 people die EVERY SINGLE DAY in the world, regardless of COVID-19) – is an open miracle.
Rabbi Berland sweetened this pandemic by taking on so much suffering and bizayon, exactly as he said he would do, for years.
If millions of people had started dying, the way all those projections that Bill Gates et al were running showed, none of us would be in any position to be sitting here, starting to catch all the lies that we’ve been told.
If so many people were dying, as expected, the manipulation and the international coordination wouldn’t have been anywhere near as obvious. As it is, even the lying media is starting to realise that they are straining their credibility past breaking point by continuing to write about ‘surges’ in deaths that equate to an extra 3 old people dying a week….
The world of lies is crumbling.
But if we want to be part of the world of truth that’s going to replace it, we have to make teshuva, and we have to own up to all the lashon hara we’ve been speaking, and all the lapses and flaws in our behavior, when it comes to the mitzvoth bein adam l’havero.
Now we’ve spent a month cooped up with our families, those flaws should be more obvious than they’ve ever been.
Back in January, Rav Pinto warned us that the world was going to have a shock on a par with 9/11. He was right.
Now, in his latest message, he’s warning of earthquakes and wars.
This process of the birthpangs of Moshiach is still in full-swing, and even after COVID-19 fades, there will be more ‘pangs’ and problems to deal with.
Rav Pinto also hinted very strongly that COVID-19 only happened, at least in Israel, because of how we treated Rav Berland, and because we didn’t complain when he was falsely imprisoned.
Rav Pinto clearly has ruach hakodesh, and we should be taking his words very seriously. If we want to get out of lockdown; if we want to have the best possible chance of making it into the world of truth and making it through the next load of ‘birthpangs’, we need to make some serious teshuva about how we relate to Rabbi Berland.
Because things are only going to get more complicated, here on in.
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